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Grateful Dead Live at Allan Kirby Field House, Lafayette College on 1979-05-07

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Grateful Dead Live at Allan Kirby Field House, Lafayette College on 1979-05-07

Topics Live concert

Don't Ease Me In, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Candyman, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Passenger Shakedown Street, Jack Straw, Stagger Lee, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away*-> Black Peter*-> Around & Around*, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Allan Kirby Field House, Lafayette College
Location Easton, PA

Source Audience Recording
Lineage NAK CM700, Sony 158SD
Taped by Barry Glassberg
Transferred by John Steinthal


NAK CM700, Sony 158SD Recorded by Barry Glassberg. A:D conversion by John Steinthal via Mark Cohen, encoded by Matt Vernon


Reviewer: redfastback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2016
Subject: Dawn of the Dead!
Holy cows! Listening to NFA now and it is truly wailing! Cipp w the Boys was always such a treat too....saw my first show 2 nights later in Binghamton. Was in the eighth grade. Such a great groovy sound back then. Spring 79 really was the start of a very special romance! Love you guys....!!!!
Reviewer: Greenmanwl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2016
Subject: My first show.
Well I have been confused for years, thinking this was a Keith and Donna show. Does anyone recall a chick vocalist? I remember John Cippolina.
I was 14 and was given a purple microdot in em parking lot. Slept through some of the second set. Remember a few songs, but I was brand new. The show is awesome. It got me hooked, and I'd end up at close to 80 ea Dead Shows as well as another almost 80 Jerry shows. This was ten minutes from my house, and for sure got me off running, as Radio City, tours, New Years and more followed.
Flash forward and I'm still at it, 6 dead and co shows this summer. It's not the same, it's different. Phish is around and that's the closest feel for me as touring with the dead was. Seeing most of their summer tour.
Long strange road continues but it all began for me here.
If anyone can say yeah or nay to a chick vocalist this night, please!
Reviewer: magness man - - December 11, 2015
Subject: One of my first
Man. I wish there was an SB of this show. I remember the day fairly well. I remember being out front and seeing Bobby drive by in the back of a big green Caddy. Great venue with great energy. I remember the Eyes as well as the Black Peter. I was right smack drab in front. The other thing I remember is we got a ticket the afternoon of the show and the face value was $7! Hearing this makes me wish I had seen much more of this tour. I didn't see them again till the three Capitol shows the following spring--the first night was with Belushi doing cartwheels during US Blues. Won tickets for all three shows on WNEW lottery.
Reviewer: kbmill - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2014
Subject: bread crumb
This is the kind of audience recording I would have put on a memorex tape back in the day - too much crowd and too much boom to be worthy of those expensive UDXL II's, but worth having in the collection.

Listening to all of this chronologically is a pretty unique perspective. Before I started on this journey my listening was driven more by era or song choice. Now I take it as they played it.
Reviewer: raindep - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2013
Subject: ...can you say amphetamines??
Listen, me and the boys were catching a bunch of this tour, and had a great time, no doubt, peak years of irresponsible pleasure seeking. Having said that, the EOTW blows, period...if you dont think so, go to the second jam, and fast forward every twenty seconds, and thematic development, no lyricism, ridiculously coke fueled tempo...basically an exercise in garcia etudes in e major for 12 minutes...good for jerry...gimmie 1974 tempo and melodic invention any day of the week...this is not NEAR the best EOTW ever..
Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2012
Subject: WOW WOW WOW
I have had this show for years but do not think I had barry's copy. I know this saying is so over used these days. Yet can not resist OMG OOOOOOOOOOh MYYYYYYyyyyy GOD POWERFULL even J erry does a little not fade away scat towards the end. ZSomething to be said for those collage venues just look back over the years 77 78 79 82 83 semmes every collage show rocks. all but maybe orono maine in spring of 83. good show but maybe they were wipped out at that one due to travel. THANK YOU Barry great pull on this one as are so many of your shows. 5 stars for Not FaDE aWAY ALONE
Reviewer: Pigger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2010
Subject: What a great night!
I loved 1979! And this show was one of the reasons why! Right before the show started this guy next to me said "stick out you tongue". He proceeds to put 3 drops of liquid acid on my taste buds! Before I realized what I had just done, the lights went out and the show started. Fun, fun fun! That's all I can say! The band was so tight and they played there asses off all night! I remember "Shakedown" and "Eyes" being exceptional! Everything was perfect including the crowd. I lost the people that drove me and being so high I figured I was really screwed being in the middle of PA with no car. No cell phones back then either. So I was pretty lucky when I bumped right into my buddies walking out of the venue. It was the end to a perfect night of fun! I was 21 or 22 years old at that time without a worry in the world.
Reviewer: Rich Plumb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2009
Subject: I was there 30 years ago today!!
I'd seen the previous 2 nights and neither was particularly exciting although they had their moments. I'd just finished my final ever final (I thought) that morning and drove up from Philadelphia. I managed to push my way up to about the 10th row. It was a madhouse there. I thought the show smoked from start to finish. John Cipollina and Jerry were exceptional together. Somehow Jerry was able to match Cipollina's vibrato although it doesn't come across on the recording. One of my favorites.
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2007
Subject: don't let this AUD fool you
I picked this show randomly, then realized it was an AUD. I thought "Oh shit, this is probably the third AUD in a row for me, I just can't do it." But I did it anyway and am very thankful.

It does take a little while to get going, I'll admit. They kinda go through the motions. But then the second set comes out and sends the rocket ship off to mars. A fine Estimated paves the way for a killer Eyes - see the other reviews. The Not Fade Away with John Cipollina is a top 10 for sure. Long and jammed out, the kind of jam that will take you up to the 13th heaven. Even the Around and Around is a rocking little treat.

Solid 4 stars.
Reviewer: Phi Psi Magoo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2006
Subject: I Never Knew It Was This Good!!!
I was a sophomore at Lafayette College when I attended this, my first, Dead show. I had been getting very familiar with their music for the previous 2 years, but this was (at the time)a little bit of a disappointment to me. The problem was I was way in back, too chicken/paranoid to work my way to the front, and the acoustics of the hall weren't very good. Plus I was disappointed that Keith and Donna weren't with them any more. It was General Admission and a madhouse when they finally opened the doors. I think the big metal doors got ripped off their hinges in fact! The last time Lafayette got anyone of this magnitude, I'm sure! Anyway, hearing it now at this quality of a recording is unbelieveable! I had no idea that it was such a great show......and I was there! (No comment on the state of consciousness at the time!)This is a real treat for me. I especially like to note Jerry's kind of jazzy solo on Candyman. This is wonderful!
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2006
Subject: One hot show
and a favorite aud recording. Jerry sings Stagger
Reviewer: Ron2112 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2006
Subject: Incredible recording
Lafayette College is my alma matter, so this show has always held a certain amount of curiousity to me. I attended in the late 80s, and the "best" act I can remember to ever play on campus while I was there was the Bangles, in late '88. So this show must have been a real treat. I can remember perusing an old yearbook as a freshman and seeing a writeup about this show, with pictures, etc. It always surprised me that the stuffy administration at Lafayette would ever go along with hosting a concert like this.

Anyway, I tried for some time to track down a copy of this show, and it just didn't seem to be in too many collections. Thanks to LAMA, I was finally able to download a copy here.

Kirby Fieldhouse is not a "tiny" gym, as one poster noted below. It was designed to host indoor track & field events, so it's a pretty big building. (Graduation ceremonies have been held there on rainy days, so again, it isn't small). I'd guess with the floor opened up, you could fit 3,000 in there. So while definitely not the biggest venue the Dead played, there's plenty of room to really air out the sound.

This recording has perfect ambiance, with a fantastic mix. It sounds like the taper was in just the right place to capture a really clear mix, with just the right balance of crowd for us to hear the energy at this show. Brent's vocals are a bit low in the mix, and it's a bit hard to hear him at times. "Passenger" really stands out to me on this recording -- the band was really cooking for this one.

As others have noted, this is well worth your time and bandwidth to download. Without a question, the best concert Lafayette College ever hosted!
Reviewer: stebreatty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2006
Subject: TO BE RELEASED !!!!!!!!
Barry Glassberg, once again, did a phenomenal job recording this front of the soundboard where the acoustics, ambiance, and exquisitely bold details excel without excessive echo. I walked out of this show amazed after hearing not one of my favorite songs, Eyes of the World, performed with such vitality, skill, and urgency, you must know the Boys were hitting on all 25 cylinders, for this is the quintessential version! All of my old criticism about EOTW being too: simple, corny, hokey, boring, ponderous, repetitive, and long winded went by the wayside this special night. Accordingly, Phil Lesh and Friends, during the summer '02 tour in N.J., also did it in an upbeat double speed rhumba style too. The Grateful Dead were obviously revitalized by the following: their trip to Egypt in 9/78, both Keith and Donna Godcheaux leaving the band [addition by way of subtraction], and the multi-colored keyboards of all types which generated old, new, fresh, and modern sounds, energy, and the on-key vital vocal harmonies of Brent Mydland. Garcia's voice also recovered from a rough Fall & Winter of '78. Gone are the overly sweet, feminine, slow, and careful down lullaby vibes of the '76 reunion tour. Lesh was starting to sing more often and became more extroverted again. Weir's Lost Sailor was a compelling mystical trip, which took off in'79 as well. The evolution of the double drumming and their ever expanding world wide drum set up metamorphisized into...a complex beast. John Cipollina's under rated and overlooked eye popping spine tingling biting guitar leads on Not Fade Away are also unparalled. The space-feedback was also reborn, as illustated by the group mindset. You must be both careful and prudent with your gas pedal while driving with this tape on. This show is the perfect antidote for any depression. A renaissance or new peak was consistent from ALL members regarding: cohesiveness, common goals, effort, energy, enthusiasm, intensity, being upbeat,and everyone supporting eachother, which lasted approximately 2 years. Please see Jack Straw, Staggerlee, and China Cat Sunlower-Jam-I know you Rider in Binghampton, N.Y. 5/9/79 and the entire 2nd set of Cape Cod, MA. 10/27/79. The aforementioned shows easily blow away the overrated Cornell, N.Y. 5/6/77 show and must must must f*ckin' be released by GDP. Speaking of John Cipollina, his former Quicksilver band mate Nicky Hopkins must get his due too. The mysteriously omitted masterpiece, Let's Spend The Night Together-Jam-Edward The Mad Shirtgrinder by the Jerry Garcia/ Nicky Hopkins Band in the Fall of '75, all of which is very conspicuous in its absence from each and every one of the Jerry Garcia solo releases. Nicky Hopkins was the most underrated electrifying piano player I have ever seen. He was a mad man, who both recorded and went on tour with The: Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane, etc. Thanks, Steve L. Brejensky, ESQ. *** P.S. Go see the N.Y. Beatle's cover band, The Fab Faux, who do every song the Beatle's never did live with all of the appropriate instruments for all of the songs. Love with Arthur Lee many personnas is free and revialized. The Jefferson Starship, joined by ex-Quicksilver member David Freiberg, Country Joe McDonald, and Tom Constanten is still amazing, as if the overly ''Slick'' '78-'88 big hair greasy hearted Reagan era was an aberration that never existed. Like grandma used to say:...I should live so..." ENJOY!!!
Reviewer: skibear99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2005
Subject: Great Way to kick Off my Dead Career
FWIW, I was a senior in College at another school down the road. When I heard about the Dead playing so close by, I had to see it. I caled some friends, and the next thing I knew, I was assigned to get 10 tickets. Although only 4 were allowed per person, I was lucky to find some friends on the line to get me a couple more.
Maybe it was the high of being @ my first show, maybe it was the beautiful spring night, maybe it was the roses. But, it was a magical evening, and I can verify that this show is a really hot one now that I've gotten the chance to hear it more than 26 years! after the scene of the crime.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2005
Subject: A solid show from top to bottom
Evidently, this show comes highly recommended so I'm looking forward to listening to a stream of a noticeably higher quality than the previous two shows.

1st Set: Well, the crowd is certainly pumped to see their heroes... They're clapping too fast for this perky "Ease." Keeping it loose and easy to glide our feet is an "Uncle." "River's" got a longer intro than usual keeping us tensely anticipating their vocal intro to the song. This pumps the crowd up into a nice frenzy... Mydland's solo displays an effort to be creative, but is too thoughtful to match the energy put up during these opening tunes. "Candyman" is fine. Again this recording does not allow for Jerry's vocal projection to stand out as something beautiful, or it may just be J' voice. "LLR" is standard but not overwhelmingly pretty that I'm begging the Lord to shed some tears. Yea yea yea, smart to tell this KY crowd that you'd rather be nowhere else but TN. For an older "Minglewood" this one is enjoyably sloshy. "Peggy" is serious and thoughtful. Things get pumped back up with a "Passenger." Ummm..was that really the set closer?! Nahhhh...we needed a 'Deal' to close a very fine set off properly.

2nd Set: Whoooo!! Shake me down! Of course there's more clapping, silly... This version is dance-happy... Oh my, I don't think I've ever heard of a show where "Jack" followed a "Shakedown" Good version with a unified buildup, everyone's clapping along... Ahhhh.. now pour the soul-refreshing "Estimated" down my throat... Brent's playing an odd synth that sounds like a cheesy late 70s church organ... it does interefere with my enjoyment; tho, the band's having a good time playing. "Eyes" emerges from a hard-working "Estimated jam... it's speedy tho tight... "Drums" is a very generous length tonight, tho "Space" is not particularly otherworldy. Quickly, we get on a more linear path, marching towards our "NFA" destination. At first it's rather standard, but at 8:00 the instruments develop this clanging distortion that makes this version sound more punkish than the norm. "Black" is a nice stand-out cause of the slow-burning rocking outro...the rest is comfortable groove. It segues well into an immediately picking up the pace "Around." It's loud and raucous, everything an ideal Berry closer should be. It's hot, hot hot, but feels rushed and shorter than it ideally should be.

"US" does its job righteously ending this above-average 3 1/2 star show.
Reviewer: winterland121072 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: Best Show of Spring 1979 Tour
The band really got it right on 5.7.1979. This was the band's first beginning to end exceptional show with Brent. I highly recommend obtaining this and enjoying it.
Reviewer: stebreatty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2005
Subject: 5/7/79 Eyes...Chips
This is, by far, the greatest version of eyes of the world I have ever seen or heard! The double time rhumba is similar to the way Phil & friends do it! I used to find the repetitve chorous and 2 chords tedious...until this epic show! Quicksilver's former lead guitarist, John Cipollina, was always underrated, with his trademark Bo Diddley rhythmic & sparkling, shimmering, goose bump, hyper, manic & monster leads. G.D. can still save this f'd up planet!
Reviewer: otherone1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2005
Subject: NFA
You may have found one of the best NFAÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs ever here. Clear AUD; very worthy experience. Black Peter follows to bring you back to Earth. Consider the rest sublime. Happy Easter!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2004
Subject: Hot shakedown
To kick off set II Est>eyes hot and the nfa (15+ mins)is off the charts with john cippolina. Have heard abt this show for 20 years and never actually heard it. First has a good tenn jed but is pretty avg.

Next night at PSU may win by a hair but this is very listenable and been in this gym it's tiny so it must have been fun.
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